EuroLeague Women: Team getting closer to qualification
The sixth round of the EuroLeague Women is the start of the return phase of the qualifying round.
Clubs that lost during the first round tend to play harder the second time around not only to win the game but also take an aggregate score victory.
Sparta&K Moscow Region and Wisla Can-Pack are two clubs that lost in the first round games and that were able to turn their defeats into victory. At the same time they also secured the aggregate victory.
Tarbes and Nadezhda Orenburg also reversed first game losses with a victory but fell short in their aggregate scores.
Fenerbahçe are the only club still undefeated. But with nine seconds remaining against Rivas Ecópolis they trailed by a single point.
Diana Taurasi went for a triple but was fouled by Anna Cruz. Taurasi slotted home the three free throws for her team to win (79-77).
Ros Casares lost their unbeaten EuroLeague Women record at home to Nadezhda Orenburg (82-67). Tina Charles exploded with 27 points and 18 rebounds while Becky Hammon returned to action with 9 points and 6 assists in the victory.
Lauren Jackson was not around when Sparta&K Moscow Region lost on the opening day to VICI Aistes and she made her presence felt in the return match with 28 points and 14 rebounds in the (85-52) victory.
She was 5-of-5 from beyond the three-point line. She did not do all the work herself as she was helped by Epiphanny Prince (Epifaniya Prints) who scored 21 points and dished out 8 assists.
Angel McCoughtry (right) led all the scoring in round 6 with 32 points for MKB EuroLeasing in the win against Lotus Gdynia (88-76).
Cathy Joens fired in 26 points for Bourges Basket and Katie Douglas scored 24 points for Ros Casares.
We have not heard much about Maria Stepanova this season until tonight. She led UMMC to victory with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks (77-63) against Croatia Gospic.
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MKB EuroLeasing had beaten Lotus Gdynia on the road but required a special offensive performance by Angel McCoughtry with 32 points to get by their opponent (88-76).
The game remained close until the final quarter when the hosts managed to break away. Zane Tamane contributed 20 points while Tijana Krivacevic scored 16 points. Monica Wright scored 23 points for the Polish team.
Fenerbahçe remain unbeaten with a hard fought victory against Rivas Ecópolis (79-77).
Nevriye Yilmaz (left) was the leading scorer for the Turkish side with 24 points while Courtney Paris led Rivas Ecópolis with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
However it was the shooting of Spanish international veteran Elisa Aguilar with 4 triples and a total of 18 points and the hustle of Amaya Valdemoro (17 points) that kept this game entertaining.
UMMC Ekaterinburg were never in trouble in this match and had the game won by the end of the third quarter.
Maria Stepanova, Crystal Langhorne and Cappie Pondexter with 20, 16 and 15 points each did the bulk of the scoring for the Russians.
For the French internationals, Sandrine Gruda scored 6 points while Céline Dumerc had 7 assists and 0 points.
Maurita Reid led the attack for Gospic with 23 points.